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Bright idea to save thousands on lighting cost

Nick Killick, street lighting electrician for East Sussex County Council contractor Colas, installs some of the new LED lanterns in Eastbourne

Nick Killick, street lighting electrician for East Sussex County Council contractor Colas, installs some of the new LED lanterns in Eastbourne

A BRIGHT idea to save £400,000 will see thousands of energy-savings bills installed in the borough’s street lamps.

Around 5,500 of the area’s old style yellow and orange street lights will be converted to the more efficient white LED lights later this year as East Sussex County Council looks to cut both its energy bills and its carbon footprint.

The authority believes the alterations will save £130,000 a year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 800 tonnes.

Residents can find out more about the plans at an event at Priory Meadow Shopping Centre next Saturday (February 1) from 9am to 5pm.

It will be followed by a series of public events as each area of Hastings is converted.

Cllr Carl Maynard, the council’s lead member for environment, said: “While these changes will enable us to achieve the savings we need to make from our budget, they will also have long-term benefits to Hastings and the county as a whole. Recent advances in technology mean the performance of LED lights has improved and their cost has reduced, and switching to this type of lantern means our street lighting will be more efficient, both financially and in terms of our CO2 emissions. The changeover will mean Hastings benefits from better quality lighting and will also cut down on long-term maintenance costs and reduce light pollution.”

The council has already saved around £340,000 a year and reduced its CO2 consumption by 2,000 tonnes from the street lighting changes in Eastbourne and other parts of the county.

More details on the changeover, which is expected to take around a year, are available online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/streetlights by visiting Hastings Library, in Claremont, or call 01273 337162.

 

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